A stint in prison usually has one of two effects on a man – it either breaks him down or makes him stronger. For Driver (Dwayne Johnson), a 10-year sentence proved the latter. His strength was not just fueled by time, but also by a hunger to avenge the murder of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his own imprisonment. Untouchable on the 'inside,' he made plenty of enemies in prison - men who were counting the days until his release so they could exact their own revenge on the outside. Now, on the day of his release, he is hell-bent on reaping vengeance upon the four men responsible for his brother's murder. With a list of names and addresses in hand, he sprints out of the prison gates and is immediately on his mission.
No regard for witnesses. No finesse to the acts. One down. Check. Within hours of Driver eliminating the first name on the list, two men are on his trail – Cop (Billy Bob Thornton), a veteran police officer just days from retirement, and Killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a young egocentric hitman with a flair for the art of killing. The hunter is now also the hunted.
Without hesitation, Driver methodically continues down his list while the mystery deepens surrounding his brother's murder and who might have tipped off those responsible to their robbery plans. With each killing, Driver finds himself face to face with Cop or Killer and he evades them every time. Killer wants Driver now more than ever – he's finally met a worthy opponent. Thus begins a do or die race to the list's finish with new details in the decade old murder emerging along the way...hinting that Driver's list may be incomplete and his life in further danger.
Of all the wrestlers who tried to make the transition from the cameras of the wrestling ring to the cameras of moviemaking, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seems to have had the most success. Not surprising, since “the Rock” is one of the most charismatic wrestlers since the days of Hulk Hogan and quite honestly the man is not afraid to shed his “tough guy” image in favor of more light-hearted roles. I loved him in “The Rundown” and even his role in “The … more
** out of **** "Faster", with both its cast and its attached filmmaker, could have made for a wild, thoroughly entertaining action-thriller. It doesn't have an interesting or original premise, but it's one that could have been made to work. Some people have things within them which allow them to make films differently; although never make actual different films. It's called recycling, and if "Faster" could have made use of such a thing, I imagine that even I could have enjoyed … more